Physical ability, sturdy and height is valuable in almost all types of sports. Along with toughness, technicalities and skills, for an average footballer height is an important factor. Unlike tall heighted games like basketball, baseball, American football and Hockey, to be a goalie a taller footballer is required. While selecting players for online fantasy football leagues, keeping in mind the physical abilities the choice is made.
At least 6 feet tall is a basic requirement for a good footballer. However, things have changed. Today, football is no more a big man’s game. Technical capabilities and physical power can over shadow the height of a player. Starting from Lionel Messi to Juan Mata, year after year and day after day, these excellent players with exceptional skills have proved that short height is no more a bar to be the greatest footballer of the world. Unquestionably these are a few likable players for playing fantasy football.
Elton Jose Xavier Gomes
A midfielder with an average height of only 5’1” is till date the shortest footballer to be present in world football leagues. The 2012-2013 season saw a smashing performance from his end. He also has many fans in fantasy premier leagues. This short-heighted footballer has scored smashing 11 goals in this season and helped his club win the league for the first time.
Daniel Alberto Villalva Barrios
The shortest player in the Argentina team is currently playing as a forward for the Veracruz club. Although his height doesn’t permit him to be an athlete, however, his excellent dribbling skills ensure that the man was born to play soccer. He is also the youngest player to get into the team at the age of 10 and soon he became a well-known name in the fantasy football arena.
When it’s a dead ball situation, then Garuch is the name that comes to the mind of the polish national team. Standing tall at a height of 5’1” he is extra ordinarily trained in the game. His short height is an advantage because he is quick, swift and can pass the ball with a blink of an eye to the next player.
Slightly taller than the above ones mentioned on the list, Porter is 5’3” and is currently 32 years old. He began playing in 2006 for the Leicester City and with his debut match he proved his skills by helping his club win with 3-1 goals. Preferred by many for playing fantasy football, Porter has played till date around 39 matches for Leicester. Currently he is playing for Melton Town from the year 2018.
Although there’s no need of any introduction on this man. However, before he made it big in the world of football, there were critics who wondered with a height of 5’5” whether this man would be able to make a career as a professional. However, his exceptional and surprising goal of 1986 World cup made the world believe that a star has been born and skills can overshadow any kind of physical disabilities.
Messi is undoubtedly not at the beginning of the list. The reason being, as you can see that there are many players before Messi who are more short-heighted than the player and has still made it big in world football. Till date, he is 5’7” and the main reason behind the same being growth deficiency hormone that restricted his growth from the very beginning. However, when you’re born with the lucky stars and technically, you’re trained, there’s no force that can stop you from getting to the desired heights! Messi is a living proof of the same. Online fantasy football leagues are incomplete without the name of this player on the list.